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Like the Internet, this skeleton is made up of a series of tubes. If you don't like rolling small paper tubes, this may not be a good fit for you. My approach has been a bit loose (measure no times, cut twice) so if you are creating this you will have to play around a little bit and find out what works for you.

The whole thing probably took ~40 hours, but some portion of it was trial and error so you could probably cut it by a decent amount. It was very inexpensive to make, and resulted in a reasonable approximation of what I was looking for.

I am no biologist, nor do I aspire to be. I set out to make something that is only recognizable as a bird's skeleton about the size of a crow. Some of the bones are more faithful reproductions than others, but none of them would be mistaken for the real thing. The crow also ended up with 4 or 5 extra vertebrae because that is how long I wanted the neck to be.

Step 1: Materials

To make this skeleton you will need some materials:

  • 2 sheets of letter sized paper
  • roll of masking tape
  • palette for your glue (made of something that won't absorb glue)
  • thin sturdy tool for applying glue precisely
  • hobby knife
  • decent scissors
  • white glue

In addition to the hard materials you will also require some reference materials, use the Google Machine, it should provide you with what you need.

ITS AMAAAAAAAAAZING!!!!!!!!! YOU COULD MAKE A DRAGON SKELETON OR SOMETHING LIKE THIS!!!!
<p>This is impressive! I like your approach about going slow and enjoying the process. I try to do that in my projects, too.</p>
<p>It's like they always say 'slow and steady provides the most relaxing race' :)</p>
<p>Beautiful work, love it! You're definitely one step ahead in the papercraft world!</p>
<p>Creative one !</p>
<p>Thanks for taking a look!</p>
<p>it reminds me the dead birds in Grim Fandango. nice work.</p>
<p>I did some googling for images but couldn't find any of the birds. I do like the art direction in grim fandango though.</p>
<p>Looks Like a Real Fossil..Brilliant </p>
<p>Super-clever use of materials! My hat off to you and your admirable attention span. :)</p>
<p>That paper was just dying to get rolled into tubes :)</p>
nice, this was the first thing I've checked out on hear. very creative. I have to try this
<p>I'm glad you liked it, please post yours on here with the 'I made it' button if you make one!</p>
Wow we amazing
<p>Thanks for looking!</p>
<p>Sometimes I'm out of adjectives. Let's keep it with a WHAAAWWW!!!</p>
<p>Adjectives are overrated :)</p>
<p>Very, Very cool! I'm going to have to make one or something similar!</p>
<p>You definitely should! A cute little animal like a kitten skeletonized would make a nice juxtaposition :)</p>
<p>I love it, it is awesome :). Thank you so much for sharing.</p>
<p>Thanks for checking it out.</p>
<p>CAW!!! I can hear it yelling from the treetops already!</p>
<p>Hah, if that thing starts cawing, I will definetly put in in a bird cage (for science) :)</p>
<p>Nicely done, that looks amazing!</p>
<p>Thanks, it turned out pretty well. The skull is a bit faceted, but you can't have everything right? :)</p>
<p>Awesome!!! Very cool!!</p>
<p>Thanks for looking!</p>
<p>That looks wonderful. I love papercraft projects that are completely handmade. Thanks for sharing. </p>
<p>Thanks, I love making things by hand.</p>
<p>That's an awesome Make, well done!</p>
<p>Thanks for the note, I recognized your name from your party popper gun. I had no idea how prolific you were!</p>
<p>I've had some time...</p>
<p>This is great !! I'm afraid I don't have the patience to do something like that, but THANKS for sharing yours ... a kind of morbid beauty...</p>
<p>Thank you Wizard! I don't know about patience, I just tell Netflix to play me a season of TV while I roll tubes and glue. Now I'm on the 3rd season of Lost :)</p>

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